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1 [flat-er]
verb (used with object)
to try to please by complimentary remarks or attention.
to praise or compliment insincerely, effusively, or excessively: She flatters him by constantly praising his books.
to represent favorably; gratify by falsification: The portrait flatters her.
to show to advantage: a hairstyle that flatters the face.
to play upon the vanity or susceptibilities of; cajole, wheedle, or beguile: They flattered him into contributing heavily to the foundation.
to please or gratify by compliments or attentions: I was flattered by their invitation.
to feel satisfaction with (oneself), especially with reference to an accomplishment, act, or occasion: He flattered himself that the dinner had gone well.
to beguile with hope; encourage prematurely, falsely, etc.
verb (used without object)
to use flattery.

1175–1225; Middle English flat(t)eren to float, flutter, fawn upon, Old English floterian to float, flutter; for sense development, cf. flicker1, Old Norse flathra; reinforced by Old French flatter to flatter, literally, to stroke, caress (probably < Frankish *flat- flat1)

flatterable, adjective
flatterer, noun
flatteringly, adverb
half-flattered, adjective
half-flattering, adjective
half-flatteringly, adverb
unflatterable, adjective
unflattered, adjective
unflattering, adjective
unflatteringly, adverb
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flatter1 (ˈflætə)
1.  to praise insincerely, esp in order to win favour or reward
2.  to show to advantage: that dress flatters her
3.  (tr) to make to appear more attractive, etc, than in reality
4.  to play upon or gratify the vanity of (a person): it flatters her to be remembered
5.  (tr) to beguile with hope; encourage, esp falsely: this success flattered him into believing himself a champion
6.  (tr) to congratulate or deceive (oneself): I flatter myself that I am the best
[C13: probably from Old French flater to lick, fawn upon, of Frankish origin]

flatter2 (ˈflætə)
1.  a blacksmith's tool, resembling a flat-faced hammer, that is placed on forged work and struck to smooth the surface of the forging
2.  a die with a narrow rectangular orifice for drawing flat sections

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Word Origin & History

early 13c., from O.Fr. flater "to flatter," originally "stroke with the hand, caress," from Frank. *flat "palm, flat of the hand" (see flat (adj.)). Related: Flattered; flattering.
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